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First Look: Nuke Proof Electron Pedals Review

A short term review of my Nukeproof Electron mountain bike pedals, comparing them with the Superstar Nano Thru Pins.
Superstar Nano Thru-Pin PedalsNuke Proof Electron Pedals
As many of you will know I’ve been using Superstar Nano Thru-Pin pedals for over a year now. I think they’re great. So why did I buy something different then? The main reason was that I am building my Lapierre Zesty up and wanted to try and keep the weight down to so the Nuke Proof Electron pedals looked like and interesting way of saving a couple of hundred grams. The mountain biking in this part of Spain is very rough and rocky though so the pedals have to be up to the job. Read on to see how I am getting on with the pedals. The Nuke Proof Electron pedals cost me £35 from BikeTart; with a weight of 346g that makes them about the best value lightweight pedal out there. The pedals only come in garish yellow or dull black; I opted for black! The first thing that struck me when I picked up the pedals was how thin they were, they seemed significantly thinner than my Superstar Nano thru-pin pedals. On closer examination it turned out that the width at the axel is the same in the two pedals; what is different is that the Superstar pedals get thicker towards the leading / trailing edges whereas the Nuke Proof pedals actually get thinner. This means that the Superstar Nano pedals are slightly concave when viewed from the side whereas the Nuke Proof Electons are slightly convex. The Nuke Proof and Superstar pedals have the  same number of pins, (16 per pedal), but the pins are more equally distributed on the Electrons whereas the Superstar have more on the leading and trailing edges of the pedals. The Superstar pins are also thicker and slightly longer those on the Nuke Proof Electrons. So how does that affect the grip the pedal offers? Well, the Electrons are less grippy than the Superstar Nanos however not massively so. I find the levels of grip to be very pleasant for general riding; on the Nanos it can be hard to get your foot comfortable as you have to lift the foot fully off the pedal to change position, this isn’t the case with the Nuke Proof Electrons. Of course there are times when that extra grip is fantastic and I will definitely put the Superstar Nanos back on my GSpot, however I think that the Nuke Proof Electrons are a good balance between weight, grip and price for my lighter bike. I have used these pedals in some filthy conditions and also with very worn shoes and I have found the grip totally adequate. What is going to be the acid test is how the pins wear, if they get much less grippy then I think it will be an issue… so watch this space for a longer term test! A few other points on the pedals that it’s worth noting: 1. These pedals are very similar, but not identical, to the Superstar Nano Thru-pins. 2. The Nuke Proof pedals have through pins, (they screw in from behind), but instead of having a threaded hole like the Superstar pedals they use a nut that is retained in the pedal body. Time will tell how this system stands up to the knocks. 3. The Electrons are light at 346g, so over 150g less than the Superstar Nanos. 4. So far I have used the Electron pedals for a month and had a fair few pedal strikes (I’m a clumsy rider!) and they look perfect. They seem to slide over rocks so there are scrapes and scratches but no deep gouges in them. Let’s see how they last up to a full guiding season in Spain!

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